With more than 40 years of experience in the recorded music and interactive industries, Dick Wingate has been at the intersection of music and technology from its beginnings with in-store interactive systems, to the earliest music download services to the first mobile streaming applications.
Wingate is Principal, DEV Advisors, a digital entertainment consulting firm that provides expertise to service providers, app developers, content owners and investors, enabling companies to accelerate business development, content licensing, artist engagement and fund raising.
He served recently as President, Artist & Entertainment Services for Crowdmix, a social network/application enabling people to discover and build relationships via music. In that role, he led the company’s outreach to a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.
Wingate served as President, Media Development & Chief Content Officer for Nellymoser Inc, an early provider of streaming mobile application services, running content, licensing and business development strategy with clients such as Sony, Warner Music, MTV, AT&T, Virgin Mobile & ABC Television.
Wingate helped pioneer the digital music business from its infancy as SVP, Content Development at Liquid Audio, Inc, playing an integral role in their 1999 IPO. He was responsible for music licensing, label relations, affiliate management and content marketing and negotiated the first digital distribution catalogue deals with numerous record companies including Universal, Warner and EMI.
He also was a key member of BMG North America’s early interactive and web initiatives, striking a landmark deal to include AOL software on BMG artist CD’s in 1998.
His in-depth experience in the recording industry included positions as SVP Marketing, Arista Records (BMG); SVP A&R PolyGram Records; Director, Talent Acquisition, Epic Records; and Director, Product Management, Columbia Records. He has been integrally involved with the careers of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Peter Tosh, Eddy Grant (“Electric Avenue), Pink Floyd, Sarah McLachlan and Garland Jeffreys.
Wingate has spoken at industry events including Digital Hollywood, CTIA, SXSW, Billboard Live, CDO Summit, Jupiter Plug-In, CMJ, Midem, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Business Week, the Music Business Association and Canadian Music Week and has been featured prominently in the Sunday NY Times Business section, on the front page of the LA Times as well as quoted in the Wall St. Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, the NY Times Magazine and numerous times in Billboard Magazine.
Wingate is a partner in Big House Music Publishing and Big House Companies and has been granted Lifetime Membership in NARAS (the Grammys).
Wingate started his career at Brown University, where he served as Program Director and Music Director at Brown’s renowned radio station, WBRU-FM.